LibriVox recording of The Permanent Husband by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. (Translated by Frederick Whishaw.) Read in English by Lee Smalley THE PERMANENT HUSBAND, also published as The Eternal Husband, is a psychological novella by the acclaimed Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The plot revolves around the intense and complex relationship between Velchaninov and Trusotsky. Velchaninov, the protagonist, is a former lover of the recently deceased wife of Trusotsky, the title character. Some critics have ranked this novella among Dostoeyevsky’s best works because of its style and structure. Alfred Bem has called it "one of the most complete works by Dostoyevsky in regards to its composition and development. – Adapted from Wikipedia An excellent commentary may be found An excellent commentary may be found here: (Lee Smalley) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
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September 29, 2017 Subject:
Yes, this is pretty typical Dostoyevsky - "intense and complex" as the summary says. I find him a bit confusing, and getting into the protagonist's head doesn't clear things up very well. It was a good listen, though, and
I was happy with the ending. So many stories like this don't end as positively as this did.